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Senate Dems to force vote to block non-ObamaCare insurance plans

Senate Dems to force vote to block non-ObamaCare insurance plans
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Top Senate Democrats said they are planning to force a vote on a measure that would overturn the Trump administration’s rule expanding access to cheap, controversial insurance plans.

The resolution of disapproval will be introduced by Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinHillicon Valley: Facebook deletes accounts for political 'spam' | Leaked research shows Google's struggles with online free speech | Trump's praise for North Korea complicates cyber deterrence | Senators want Google memo on privacy bug Poll: Baldwin leads GOP challenger by double digits in Wisconsin The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Trump, Pence fan out to protect the Rust Belt MORE (D-Wis.). During a call with reporters Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he thinks there will be unanimous support among Democrats once the resolution is introduced.

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The measure will only require 51 votes to pass, which would mean that in Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms Comey donates maximum amount to Democratic challenger in Virginia House race Live coverage: McSally clashes with Sinema in Arizona Senate debate MORE's (R-Ariz.) absence the backers need to recruit one Republican to their cause.

“All it takes is one or two Republicans who claim to support preexisting condition protections,” Schumer said.

The resolution aims to overturn the Trump administration’s new rule that expands access to non-ObamaCare insurance plans.

The administration touts these plans because they offer lower premiums for healthy people, but the plans don’t need to follow ObamaCare rules, meaning they can charge people with preexisting conditions higher premiums and leave out coverage of certain health services.

Democrats attack the plans as “junk” insurance and say the move is part of the administration’s efforts to “sabotage” ObamaCare.

“We cannot let the Trump administration and big insurance companies rewrite the rules on the guaranteed health-care protections that people depend on,” Baldwin said.

In June, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (R-Ky.) said "everybody" in the Senate wants to maintain protections for people with preexisting conditions.

“There is no difference in opinion about that whatsoever," McConnell said.

By forcing a vote on overturning the rule, Schumer said Americans will be able to see whether Republicans really support the estimated 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions, or if they were just paying lip-service.

“This is an issue [where] the American people should know where everyone stands,” Schumer said. “McConnell said he thinks all Republicans are for it. So rather than say it, let him show it.”

Since the resolution will be introduced under the Congressional Review Act, Republicans can’t block it. Schumer noted Democrats had success with a similar resolution to override the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules.

After the rule takes effect, lawmakers have a window of 60 legislative days to reverse the move under the Congressional Review Act.

The measure must still survive the Republican-majority House and be signed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE to take effect.